In December, 2001, Charles Rice Goff III released to the public a collection of poetry, self-published as a paper-back libretto entitled: "Tomato Bugs And Mosquitoes." The following paragraph introduced the booklet in Goff's own words:
"Within these pages is a collection of words that have not appeared previously in print. From 1982-1984 I had a number of my poetic experiments published in various literary magazines, and I myself produced three books of poetry and visual imagery. Since then my production of such works has been sporadic. With my acquisition of computer technology, my interest in sharing my experiments with the public has driven me to create this little libretto. The visual images on these pages were all created this year with computer graphics. My intent is not to impose, but to entertain. Enjoy if you dare. December, 2001."
The libretto contains 21 poems and 11 original pieces of Goff's computer art. The verses are organized into four groups: The Comical, The Observational, The Personal, The Philosophical. Photographer Derald Carlson provided source materials for four of the manipulated visual images. This archive contains two PDF files of the original publication: one formatted for online reading, and one formatted for printing out and assembling into a hard-copy libretto. Printing the pages of the "print edition" back-to-back in the order that they appear (page one backed by page two, page three backed by page four, etc.) and folding them together in half will produce a hard-copy of the booklet.
Several of the poems published in "Tomato Bugs And Mosquitoes" have also served as lyrics to Goff's experimental audio compositions. Among the volumes of recordings which incorporate lyrics from this booklet are:
PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND: by Goff III, 1992
(archived at: http://www.archive.org/details/PeopleMakeTheWorldGoRound)
WHEREVER YOU ARE IS WHERE YOU ARE: by Goff III, 1999
(archived at: http://www.archive.org/details/WhereverYouAreIsWhereYouAre)
COO STICKY: by Taped Rugs Productions, 2003
(archived at: http://www.archive.org/details/CooSticky)
The poem: "Spots In The Swirl" was first published in the San Fernando Poetry Journal, Volume VIII, #2 (1985).
Goff acquired two Bachelor of Arts degrees in writing (Creative Writing / Journalism) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. He has published a wide variety of written works, audio recordings, graphic images, videos, etc. He is the founder of Taped Rugs Productions.
by Taped Rugs Productions